Getting any type of traffic ticket can be a sour experience. However, when truck drivers get a traffic ticket, a conviction can significantly impact all aspects of their lives, especially their financial livelihood. The reason for this is that if you have a commercial driver’s license (commonly referred to as a CDL), a traffic ticket can impact your career and the status of your driving privileges.
The Type of Ticket You Received
The severity of the resulting consequences significantly depends on the type of truck driver ticket that you got while operating your truck. Convictions of some tickets may disqualify your from keeping your CDL and from every applying for one again. Tickets that may result in these types of serious consequences include offenses such as:
- Driving while under the influence or alcohol or other controlled substances
- Committing vehicular manslaughter
- Fleeing the scene of an accident
- Using a commercial vehicle in the commission of a felony
Obviously, most felonies are grounds for the loss of your commercial driver’s license.
Other trucking tickets, however, may not result in as serious consequences. Some common tickets that may result in less serious penalties include (unless if you get multiple tickets for the same offense over a relatively short period of time):
- Speeding (not significantly above the posted speed limit)
- Parking incorrectly
- Changing lanes without using your signal
The Consequences of Multiple Truck Driver Tickets
Some truck drivers mistakenly believe that if they do not get driving tickets that are considered serious on their own, they will not face serious consequences and penalties. This is may not necessarily be true.
If you receive multiple tickets that on their own may not be serious, it can eventually spell bad news and impact your ability to keep your commercial driver’s license. In some states, for instance, if you get more than two tickets in a six-month time period, your CDL may be temporarily suspended. In other states, the same number of tickets in a shorter time frame may result in you losing your commercial driver’s license permanently.
You Need Legal Help To Avoid Serious Penalties and Consequences
If you are a truck driver that holds a commercial driver’s license and have gotten a traffic ticket, it is imperative that you take every measure possible to avoid a conviction and the possibility of temporarily or permanently losing your license. The smartest decision to make after getting a truck driving ticket is to contact an experienced Fresno truck driver ticket defense attorney to help you fight the ticket and avoid a conviction.
Call an Experienced Fresno Trucker Ticket Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has gotten a ticket while operating a truck, it is imperative that you immediately hire an experienced Fresno trucker ticket defense attorney to help protect your legal rights and avoid losing your commercial drivers license.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Fresno trucker ticket defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.